Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

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Mizzou Men’s Basketball (12-13,3-10 SEC) lost another conference game, their fourth loss in five games, 66-58 to the No. 4 ranked Kentucky Wildcats at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night.

Shooting was one of the Tiger’s major struggles against the Wildcats. Although Mizzou won the rebound battle the 34-28 and committed 12 turnovers to Kentucky’s 14, the Tigers only shot 37.3 percent from the field while the Wildcats found their groove and shot 41 percent. Mizzou also struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on only 33 percent of their shot attempts. Despite the Tigers’ shooting struggles, guard Ronnie Suggs went three for five on three-pointers and led the team in scoring with a career-high 13 points. Senior guard Jordan Geist also contributed 11 points to reach double figures for the 11th straight game.

Mizzou came out strong in the second half after a rough first half put the Tigers behind by 18. The Tigers scored the first five points of the second, forcing Kentucky to call a timeout. As the game continued, Mizzou took advantage of their momentum and cut the Wildcats’ lead to just six points when freshman guard Torrence Watson nailed a three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the game. Despite the surge from the Tigers, the Wildcats kept their composure and was able to make the late game free throws needed to secure the win, including a couple of free throws made from a flagrant foul called on Javon Pickett against Kentucky guard Tyler Herro.

Next up, the Tigers will travel to Gainsville, Fla., and take on the Florida Gators on Saturday, Feb. 23 in an SEC matchup. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.